by Larry Powell
|A honey bee on a flower. These "forager bees," gathering pollen |
away from the colony, are believed more vulnerable to pesticides.
Photo credit: Serena Magagnoli.
It's brand name is "Sivanto," (generic name, flupyradifurone). It's an insecticide, designed to kill a wide range of bugs which eat food crops. And Bayer has already registered it for use in some jurisdictions.
After conducting various field studies, Bayer concludes, "Sivanto displayed a very promising safety profile." The company concedes, while it works in ways similar to the neonicotinoids (a group of insecticides which has become notorious for its likely role in pollinator decline), "It can
|A ground sprayer applying pesticides. A PinP photo.|